Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 5:41 top Amazon rankings

Even though more than four and a half years have passed since May 22, 2011, the interest in books about the day that changed Joplin forever.

Lauren Tarshis' children's book, I Survived the Joplin Tornado, continues to top the Amazon rankings for Joplin Tornado books, followed by 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado by Carthage Press Managing Editor John Hacker and me, and the fictional Simple Pleasures by Kenna White.

It appears that more books are on their way about the tornado, but as of Monday, I was able to locate 24 books that are available in hardback or paperback and there are several more that are only available in an e-book format.

The rankings as of Monday are listed below:

1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshis 5,397
2. 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 153,119
3. Simple Pleasures, Kenna White 718,418
4. Joplin, Missouri Tornado of May 22, 2011, David Prevatt and William Coulbourne 813,164
5. Joplin 5:41, Kansas City Star, 1,042,879
6. 32 Minutes in May, Joplin Globe 1,177,668
7. Singing Over Me, Danielle Stammer 1,375,703
8. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado 1,496,416
9. Miracle of the Human Spirit, Mark Rohr 1,747,983
10. Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker
11, Shatterproof, Katrina Hoover 1,899,037
12. Life After the Storm, Debbie Fleitman 1,910,283
13. When the Sirens Were Silent, Mike Smith 2,095,998
14. Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado 2,258,441
15. Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin, Tamara Hart Heiner 2,449,236
16. When the Storm Passes, Julie Jett 2,701,073
17. Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery: The Joplin Tornado and Branson Tornado Model, David Burton, Genevieve Williams, and Rebecca Williams 2,728,865
18. Hindsight: Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado Zac Rantz and Stephen Kleinsmith 3,013,037
19. Scars from the Tornado, Randy Turner 3,421,468
20. 5/22: Stories of Survival, Stories of Faith, Scott Hettinger 3,486,665
21. Out of the Wind, D. Ed Hoggatt 3,732,001
22. Joplin Tornado House of Hope, Tim Bartow 4,124,563
23. 20th and Rangeline, Thomas Meisinger 5,612,940
24. Mayday in Joplin, Donald Clugston 6,347,828
5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, which includes 27 stories written by survivors, as well as original reporting and commentary from authors Randy Turner and John Hacker, official documents and speech transcripts, and complete obituaries, is available locally at Always Buying Books, Changing Hands Book Shoppe, and The Book Guy in Joplin, Pat's Books in Carthage, and Cato's Connection in Lamar and is available in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com

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